Meeting Date: 19 April, 2013

Prepared By: George Firican


Fighting desertification


What is desertification?

Desertification is a type of land degradation in which a land region becomes increasingly arid, typically losing its bodies of water as well as vegetation and wildlife. Basically as Allan Savory describes it, it is a "fancy word for land that is turning to desert."


Desertification issue

Drylands occupy approximately 40–41% of Earth's land area and are home to more than 2 billion people (according to the Handbook of Globalization and the Environment). It has been estimated that as much as 20% of drylands are already turning into desertification, the total area affected by desertification being between 6 and 12 million square kilometers (2.3 and 4.6 million square miles). Almost a billion people are under threat from further desertification and considering at least 90% of drylands inhabitants live in developing nations, where they also suffer from poor economic and social conditions, this situation is even more dire for them.

The fact is desertification is a significant global ecological and environmental problem.

Watch the video below where Allan Savory talk more about desertification, his quest for finding a way to fight it and his ultimate solution for reversing desertification and climate change.


Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change . 22:20 minutes:


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